Opportunities

These are STEM or Space related opportunities that are currently available to residents of Colorado. Please see linked web pages for additional information. Not everyone will qualify for these opportunities. We are not affiliated with any of the organizations offering these opportunities and inclusion here is not an endorsement of any company or organization.


2017


Opportunity: Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program
Deadline: January 6, 2017

Description: The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Summer interns will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, they will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science. The 10-week program begins June 5, 2017, and ends on August 11, 2017. Selected students will receive a $5675.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000.00 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.


Opportunity: Free Program — Cubes in Space
Deadline: January 13, 2017

Description: Cubes in Space™ provides students ages 11-18 an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space at no cost! Cubes in Space™ is offered by idoodledu, inc., in partnership with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA’s Langley Research Center. This global education program based on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) enables students to learn about space exploration using innovative problem-solving and inquiry-based learning methods. Participants have access to resources that help prepare them to design and develop an experiment to be integrated into a small cube. This year, experiments will be launched into space via sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, in late June 2017 or from a high-altitude balloon launched from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, in August 2017.


Opportunity: 2017 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
Deadline: January 19, 2017

Description: RASC-AL is a design project competition for university-level engineering students and faculty. The 2017 RASC-AL competition challenges teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations to improve our ability to work more effectively in microgravity, by responding to one of four themes: Lightweight Exercise Suite, Airlock Design, Commercially enabled LEO/Mars Habitable Module, Logistics Delivery System. Potentially, NASA could implement concepts derived from the design projects. Interested teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by January 19, 2017.


Opportunity: Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships for Early Career Researchers
Deadline: January 20, 2017

Description: The Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowship in astrophysics seeks to provide early-career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead astrophysics flight instrument development projects, including suborbital investigations, in preparation to become principal investigators of future astrophysics missions; to develop innovative technologies for space astrophysics that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early-career instrument builders on a trajectory toward long-term positions. NASA is committed to supporting deserving early-career researchers by selecting one or more Roman Technology Fellows every year. This fellowship consists of two components with two different submission procedures. (1) The first component is the application to be named a Roman Technology Fellow through a one-page application submitted along with a proposal submitted to D.3, the Astrophysics Research and Analysis, or APRA, program element. (2) The second component is the subsequent submission of a proposal for up to $300K in fellowship funds by a previously selected Roman Technology Fellow once that individual obtains a permanent or permanent track position. A notice of intent to submit a proposal is required and is due Jan. 20, 2017. Proposals are due March 17, 2017.


Opportunity: Mars Medical Challenge
Deadline: January 25, 2017

Description: NASA needs your help to design an object that could be used by an astronaut to maintain physical health on a 3-year mission to Mars. The Mars Medical Challenge is the fifth in series of Future Engineers Challenges where students in grades K-12 will create and submit a digital 3-D model intended to be 3-D printed and could be used for a wide range of medical needs including diagnostic, preventative, first-aid, emergency, surgical, and/or dental purposes. Students ages 5-19 years old are invited to become the creators and innovators of tomorrow by using 3-D modeling software to submit their designs for healthy hardware that could be used by astronauts on a future mission to Mars. Students have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from a Mars prize pack, a 3-D printer for their school, or a trip to Houston for a tour of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.


Opportunity: NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Description: The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge seeks to develop the fundamental technologies necessary to additively manufacture an off-world habitat using mission recycled materials and/or local indigenous materials. The vision includes autonomous habitat construction machines deployed to the Moon or Mars to construct shelters for human habitation. NASA is offering $1.1 million in prize money.


Opportunity: Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Description: Provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to students majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA’s mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Students attending an accredited Minority Serving Institution as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaskan-Native Serving Institutions, and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) are eligible to apply for the program. The institutions must be within the United States or U.S. Territories. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Opportunity: Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Description: Provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study with a paid internship at a NOAA facility during the interim summer session. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological and atmospheric sciences; mathematics; engineering; remote-sensing technology; physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology and geomatics; or teacher education that supports NOAA’s programs and mission. Participants must earn and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Opportunity: 2017 Alan Shepard Technology In Education Award
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Description: Educators who have demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) may apply now to receive the 2017 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. Given annually by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space Foundation, the award recognizes contributors to technology in the education field, in both formal and informal environments. The award, named for Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, will be presented on April 3, 2017, during the opening ceremony of the Space Foundation’s 33rd Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Opportunity: 2017 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Deadline: Feburary 1, 2017

Description: Student teams participating in the rover challenge must design, engineer and test a human-powered rover on a mock course designed to simulate the harsh and demanding terrains future NASA explorers may find on distant planets, moons and asteroids. Both U.S. and international teams may register to participate. Each school may enter up to two teams. However, for international entries, no more than four teams from each country can be accepted.


Opportunity: NASA’s DIVER (Diving into Experimental Research) Challenge
Deadline: February 1, 2017

Description: NASA and the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, or ASGSR, are challenging high school students to design and build an object that will float in water in normal gravity but will submerge in water as far as possible when exposed to microgravity. After student proposals are evaluated, selected teams will have their objects tested in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. Teams are only responsible for their diving objects. NASA will provide the rest of the experimental hardware and interact with teams remotely during testing. The winning DIVER teams will have the opportunity to present their results in a student poster session at ASGSR’s 2017 conference in Seattle, Washington, in October 2017.


Opportunity: 2017 Planetary Geology And Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Deadline: February 10, 2017

Description: The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program (PGGURP) pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel. Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2017 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.


Opportunity: U.S. Department of Energy EERE Robotics Internship Program
Deadline: February 13, 2017

Description: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications from students interested in hands-on, 10-week practical robotics internships at federal national laboratories and organizations in the private sector throughout the United States. Participants will perform research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor who is a technical staff scientist or engineer at the host facility. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old by May 1, 2017. High school seniors and college students/recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Experience in robotics competitions is preferred.


Opportunity: Community College Innovation Challenge
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Description: Are you a community college student who has a novel idea that uses science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)? The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) present the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) that asks student teams to innovate a STEM-based solution to a real-world problem. Teams will submit projects in one of three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, and Security Technologies. Form your team with a faculty mentor and community and/or industry partner to enter. An entry consists of a written portion and a 90-second video.


Opportunity: 2017 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Description: This program provides a summer residency at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The 10-week fellowship begins on Monday, June 5, 2017, and runs through Friday, August 11, 2017. To be eligible for the program, applicants must hold a full-time teaching or research appointment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, at an accredited university or college in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty.


Opportunity: Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Description: Proof of Concept grants are open to Colorado research universities, federal labs located in Colorado, and other labs with valid technology transfer offices. These grants are for pre-commercialization research and commercialization preparation. Grants up to $150,000 will be awarded. Early Stage Capital and Retention grants fund companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally. Grants up to $250,000 will be awarded.


Opportunity: NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships
Deadline: December 31, 2017

Description: NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement. NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.


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